PRYOR, OK —
Defense was the name of the game for the Pryor boys Tuesday, as they held Metro Lakes rival Collinsville to just two fourth-quarter points in a 42-31 win at the Burdick Center.
Anthony Martinez and Tyler Bradshaw keyed the most important series of the game, an 8-0 spurt to start the fourth quarter that put the Tigers (10-8, 4-5 MLC) up by nine (38-29).
"[Bradshaw] had been really struggling and came out in the second half and played really good defense," Pryor head coach Russ Gilmore said. "He had a couple big buckets, and that was good for his confidence."
Martinez and Bradshaw assisted on each other's 3-pointers during the crucial run. Bradshaw came off the bench and hit a pair of triples to bookend an 11-2 run spanning the third and fourth quarters. Before then, no team had held more than a three-point edge.
Pryor allowed just 10 second-half points and recorded six steals and two blocks.
The win is the fourth in a row for the upstart Tigers, who completed a three-game season sweep of the Cardinals. Pryor plays three of its last four games at home, where it is 6-2.
"Mentally it's good, it's really good," Gilmore said of the streak. "I told the kids, this is when you need to really start playing well. This stage of the season, you don't need to be having any bad games. You need to be getting better and build momentum for the playoffs."
Martinez was the only Tiger in double-figure scoring, with 10, to go with four assists and three rebounds. Bradshaw pitched in eight points and three helpers, and Robert Ross and Spencer Henson each chipped in nine points.
Henson led the team on the glass with eight rebounds, and Ross's four assists tied Martinez for game honors. The Tigers handed out 11 assists to the Cardinals' two.
Ryan Ogg played with a lingering illness and mustered five points, six rebounds and a block for the Tigers.
Austin Archer led Collinsville with 10 points. Kanyon Cole added nine before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter.
Salisbury, Collinsville stop Tigerettes
PRYOR — Sawyer Salisbury stuffed the stat sheet for Collinsville to help the Lady Cardinals top Pryor for the third time this season, 67-35, in MLC action Tuesday at the Burdick Center.
Salisbury racked up 15 points, eight rebounds, five steals and four assists in three quarters to lead Class 5A No. 5 Collinsville.
Alyissa Harry led Pryor with eight points and five rebounds, but the inside presence of Salisbury and sisters Madie and Mallory Vaughn overwhelmed the Tigerettes. The Vaughn sisters combined for 19 points and 15 rebounds.
Junior Rachel Zumstein added seven points and three rebounds for Pryor. Freshman Hunter Gilstrap scored five points and dished out a game-high five assists.
Pryor will stay home Friday for its homecoming game, which was pushed back several times due to weather. Queen Ofy Chavoya and the Tigerettes will tip first at 6 p.m. with the crowing ceremony slated for halftime of the boys' game.